The Garrisons

Follow our journey on adoption #3 for child #8!

Friday, September 19, 2008


Well, here it is.....our I171-H!! Doesn't look that exciting to you? I know it may not look like anything special, but here's the thing - We couldn't do ANYTHING else in our adoption process without it! We are so excited that it's here!! This letter officially states that the US government has determined that we are able to furnish proper care to an orphan and we are approved to adopt.

What's the next step?! Well, we will gather all of our documents, get the final copy of our home study from our social worker, get everything certified by the state, make copies and send it off to our agency! Hopefully, they will find everything to be in order and authenticate our documents and then send them off to Ethiopia - at that point we will receive our DTE date (dossier to Ethiopia) and begin our official wait!! We will wait approx. 7 months for a referral from that date!

We are grateful to be one step closer to our baby! Yea!


Jen said...

Congratulations! I know that waiting has to be so hard, yet in God's perfect timing you and this sweet little one will be together at last. So exciting!

Gretchen Magruder said...

Yipee!! Congratulations on getting it! Funny how unimpressive the actual document is, huh?!

Beth said...

Hard to believe the excitement this one piece of paper can cause! Onward with your paperwork - yea! Congrats!! :)

The Gillman Family said...

YEA!!!!! You're getting so close now. Waiting for you to shout DTE on YG!!!


Erica said...

Congratulations! I just found your blog through blogger - excited to see who God has for your family. YEAH on the I-171H! Totally anti - climatic after all that wait huh?!